Malaysia’s former SEA Games king of long-distance swimming, Jeffrey Ong is back in his homeland after a long stint away. Ong enjoyed a highly-successful swimming career, being a double gold medallist in the 400m and 1,500m Freestyle events in straight SEA Games from 1987 to 1993, as well as being Asian record holder in the 1,500m. He also represented the country at two Olympic Games – in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992.
After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, he had a stint with TV3, covering general news, business, sports and current affairs, and even produced and co-hosted Malaysia’s first information technology television programme, called Cyberwave. Thereafter, he worked in London, organising events and conferences in partnership with large multinational corporations.
Ong is now involved in a different kind of sport – golf – and is the Regional Commercial Director for the PGA TOUR, the organiser of the CIMB Classic golf tournament, and is based in Kuala Lumpur.